To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers

Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts.

#libraries-and-librarians, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wikipedia

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

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What We Know and Don’t About Hunter Biden and a Laptop

President Trump’s allies have promoted claims of corruption aimed at the former vice president’s son in an effort to damage the Biden campaign.

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Trump Posts ‘60 Minutes’ Interview After Telling Lesley Stahl: ‘That’s No Way to Talk’

“I feel that you both have insulted ‘60 Minutes’ and me by not answering any of our questions,” Ms. Stahl tells Vice President Mike Pence.

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.

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The Coronavirus Has Claimed 2.5 Million Years of Potential Life in the U.S., Study Finds

A Harvard researcher added up the number of years that Americans who died from Covid-19 might have lived had they reached a typical life expectancy.

#age-chronological, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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No, Mouthwash Will Not Save You From the Coronavirus

Even if people coated the inside of their mouths with a coronavirus-killing chemical, a substantial amount of the virus would still remain in the body.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #journal-of-medical-virology, #mouthwash, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #viruses

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

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LeBron James on Black Voter Participation, Misinformation and Trump

In an interview, the recently crowned N.B.A. champion discussed the work of More Than a Vote, a collective of athletes trying to combat misinformation among Black communities before Election Day.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #james-lebron, #more-than-a-vote, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voting-and-voters, #youth

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False Political News in Spanish Pits Latino Voters Against Black Lives Matter

On family WhatsApp groups and in Spanish-language media, misinformation paints 2020 as a zero-sum game.

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How to Break the Hold of Conspiracy Theories

The big lesson of 2020 is that everything keeps getting more dishonest.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Facing a Deluge of Misinformation, Colorado Takes the Offensive Against It

The state will combat false information on social media and even buy Google ads against it. But not enough other states are following suit.

#colorado, #griswold-jena, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation

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The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else

Our institutions have failed to rein in Donald Trump. So people look to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article

The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Canadian Military’s Wolf Exercise Alarms Nova Scotians

They also mounted speakers that broadcast growling in the woods of Nova Scotia. It was all part of a psychological training exercise.

#bay-of-fundy-canada, #canada, #defense-and-military-forces, #exercise, #letters, #nova-scotia-canada, #ottawa-citizen-the, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wolves

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Trump Said to Be Warned That Giuliani Was Conveying Russian Disinformation

President Trump shrugged off the warning from the intelligence agencies, officials said.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a 2020 Firestorm

The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.

#biden-hunter, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Citing Offline Violence

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #youtube-com

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The Big Tech Insider Who’s Challenging Facebook, Twitter and Google from the Outside

Facebook’s former chief security officer on what Big Tech needs to do for a free(r) and fair(er) election.

#facebook-inc, #presidential-elections-us, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #social-media, #stamos-alex-1979

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Justice Dept. ‘Unmasking’ Review Finds No Irregularities and Is Given to Durham

The finding delivers a blow to President Trump’s push to validate the notion of a “deep state” plot to undermine him.

#barr-william-p, #bash-john-f-iii, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

How a torrent of propaganda, lies and conspiracy theories has weaponized the First Amendment.

#censorship, #fox-news-channel, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccination Ads, Clamping Down Again

The social network, which prohibits misinformation related to the coronavirus, has also banned other types of content in recent days.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

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Trump’s False Claims as He Resumes His Rallies After Hospitalization

In Florida, the president made a series of inaccurate claims about his election opponent, the coronavirus pandemic, the Nobel Peace Prize and Cuba, among other topics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #florida, #nobel-prizes, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vigilantes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation

The platform is trying to address growing concern that falsehoods could lead to instability. Most of the changes will start on Oct. 20.

#dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

#buzzfeed-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whitmer-gretchen, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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In a First, New England Journal of Medicine Joins Never-Trumpers

Editors at the world’s leading medical journal said the Trump administration “took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #endorsements, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #massachusetts, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #scientific-american, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Addictive Right Now

QAnon, #TrumpCovidHoax and other conspiracy theories may be part of a larger authority crisis created by the internet.

#conspiracy-theories, #gurri-martin, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Trump Does Fear the Coronavirus

One fact breaks through the misinformation: When the virus came for the president, he treated it seriously. So should you.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’

Mistrust of vaccines runs deep in African-American communities. Against formidable odds, Father Paul Abernathy and his teams are trying to convince residents of Pittsburgh’s historic Black neighborhoods to volunteer for trials testing a Covid-19 shot.

#black-people, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #pittsburgh-pa, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Take a Social Media Break Until You’ve Voted

Democracy would be better off for it.

#absentee-voting, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.

Mr. Trump’s physician has given an incomplete, upbeat picture of his health. Medical experts warn that the president is entering a pivotal, unpredictable phase.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #doctors, #lungs, #oxygen, #respiratory-diseases, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #your-feed-healthcare

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Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump’s Outing. Medical Experts See Recklessness.

Some of President Trump’s supporters viewed his appearance in an S.U.V. to greet supporters as a sign that he was overcoming his illness.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daily-caller-the, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #secret-service, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization

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Is Air a Scam?

We love air! But boiling herbs and buying more plants will not improve your indoor air quality. Find out what will.

#air-pollution, #content-type-service, #filters, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-selfcare

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Hydroxychloroquine Is Part of the Online Conversation, Again

While the drug has not been shown to effectively treat Covid-19, many people on Twitter and Facebook urged President Trump to take it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j

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WeChat, Wild Rumors and All, Is Their Lifeline. Washington May End That.

The app has reshaped the experience of Chinese-Americans for the better, but also spreads misinformation and government propaganda.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #discrimination, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #trump-donald-j, #wechat-mobile-app, #xi-jinping

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Following Falsehoods: A Reporter’s Approach on QAnon

Kevin Roose, a Times tech columnist, has watched the baseless conspiracy theory grow from fringe internet subculture to mass movement, carefully calibrating his coverage along the way.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the “infodemic.”

#conspiracy-theories, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Debate That Can’t Be Ignored

Americans need to face the man who is their president.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #debates-political, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #wallace-chris-1947

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Both Parties Fret as More Democrats Request Mail Ballots in Key States

Republicans fear that President Trump’s rhetoric on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could be damaging to their side too.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How a Voter-Fraud Disinformation Campaign Became an Election Threat

A New York Times Magazine investigation finds that misleading and false claims about widespread voter fraud are part of a long disinformation effort that the president has taken to new extremes.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #pence-mike, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Tuesday’s Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself

President Trump’s unwillingness to say he would abide by the result, and his disinformation campaign about election integrity went beyond anything President Vladimir V. Putin could have imagined.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #debates-political, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump Tramples Decorum in Presidential Debate With Biden

Interrupting Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke, President Trump made little attempt to reassure swing voters about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: “This is so unpresidential.”

#debates-political, #democratic-party, #joseph-r-biden-jr, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

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Project Veritas Video Was a ‘Coordinated Disinformation Campaign,’ Researchers Say

The timing of the deceptive video, which accuses Ilhan Omar of voter fraud, indicates that several conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., may have known about it in advance.

#okeefe-james-e-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-veritas, #rumors-and-misinformation

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The Long History of ‘Hidden Earpiece’ Conspiracy Theories

Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, right-wing commentators (and President Trump’s campaign) speculated that Joe Biden might be equipped with a hidden earpiece. It’s a decades-old charge without much evidence.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #debates-political, #ears-and-hearing, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation

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